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Annual Thursday: Wait, Wait…

The action at Annual Conference is still ramping up, but the first event I attended–yesterday’s taping of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, was a sell-out success.

YALSA meets Project Runway

The crowd of 400 teen-services librarians cheered wildly as their colleagues strutted and posed along the catwalk in the Westin River North Hotel Friday night for YALSA's happy hour and fashion show. The event was hosted by New York Public Library Young Adult Librarian Jack Martin, but the big draw was Chicago fashion designer Steven Rosengard, who emceed the fashion show.

Annual Thursday: Wait, Wait...

The action at Annual Conference is still ramping up, but the first event I attended--yesterday's taping of NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!, was a sell-out success. The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations (ALTAFF) bought out the taping as a fundraiser, and drew a sell-out crowd of more than 500 librarians. Host Peter Sagal said it was the show's first buyout of any kind, and certainly its first time playing to such a biblioaudience.

Know Your Stimulus Webinar

Do you know about broadband stimulus program just released?  If so, please join us on Wednesday, July 8 at 4pm EST for the Know Your Stimulus Webinar, where you will be able to hear directly from the experts. Leading the Webinar are Chris McLean and Greg Rhode, partners in the e-Copernicus consulting company, and John Windhausen of Telepoly.

Recession Drives Membership Numbers Downward

By any measure, the American Library Association's membership retention level has always been enviable. But the other shoe has dropped in the nation's economic "deep recession," as May figures show. With ALA Publishing Department revenue already in decline, membership dues revenue at $4.3 million is under budget by $127,000 or 2.8%. The number of new and renewing members has declined from 67,827 to 65,437, or -3.52%. On the plus side, ALA continues to see growth in student membership; May numbers were up by 2.3%.

Civil Rights Pioneer, Librarian E. J. Josey Dies at 85

News reached the ALA Council list yesterday evening that Elonnie Junius Josey, better known as E. J., had died Friday, July 3, in Washington, North Carolina, at age 85.  E. J. Josey E. J. Josey was born January 20, 1924.

AL Focus Videos: Transcriptions Now Available

One of the earliest requests we had when we started AL Focus was to include transcripts of videos. We looked for an easy, elegant way to provide them... and didn't find any. We did, eventually, find a more mundane way, thanks to John Chrastka, ALA's director of Membership Development, and Molly Sasajima of ALA Conference Services, who actually did the transcribing work. As a result, all of the AL Focus videos now have transcripts.

2010 Emerging Leaders Application Process Now Open

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2010 class of Emerging Leaders. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2009. The program is designed to enable approximately 100 library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities.

Why Community Spirit Is Just the Ticket

It's been nine days since Pres. Obama announced his administration’s nationwide “United We Serve” volunteer initiative, mentioning “reading to kids at your local library” as an example of how individuals and groups can boost local efforts toward improving education and community renewal, among other worthwhile projects. The library community, of course, is no stranger to harnessing volunteer energy; in fact, quite a few libraries big and small have passionate bibliophiles to thank for their beginnings.

Let the NMRT Resume Review Service Help You Make the Most of Your Resume!

Have your resume reviewed and updated during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference! On Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, the NMRT Resume Review Service will offer the opportunity for you to have your resume reviewed by fellow professionals who are knowledgeable about resumes and human resources. The NMRT Resume Review Service will be located in the Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place-South.

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